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Abdalla Hamdok - Sudan News

Abdalla Hamdok, born 1956 in south-central Kordofan province. Studied at a Sudanese military academy and later in Egypt and Jordan. Hamdok was sworn in as Sudan’s new Prime Minister on Wednesday 21 August 2019 as leader of a transitional government. “I think with the right vision, with the right policies, we will be able to address this economic crisis,” Hamdok said after the swearing-in ceremony. Abdalla Hamdok Biography and Profile.Continue reading

Olaudah Equiano - Nigeria News

Olaudah Equiano was born in approximately 16 October 1745 in what is now Nigeria. He wrote an autobiography about his life, which recounts being kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold into slavery. He bought his freedom and became part of the abolition movement. Equiano’s account is considered an originator of the slave narrative. He died on March 3, 1797, in London. Equiano was an African writer whose experiences as a slave prompted him to become involved in the British abolition movement.

In his autobiography, Olaudah Equiano writes that he was born in the Eboe province, in the area that is now southern Nigeria. He describes how he was kidnapped with his sister at around the age of 11, sold by local slave traders and shipped across the Atlantic to Barbados and then Virginia.Continue reading

Julius Malema - Julius Sello Malema - South Africa News in Politics Today

Julius Malema (Julius Sello Malema) was born on 3 March 1981, in Seshego, Limpopo, and raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic worker in Seshego Township. He went to Mohlakaneng High School in Limpopo. Malema began his political career at a young age. He joined the Masupatsela (Trailblazers), a movement of the African National Congress (ANC) at the age of nine, where, according to Malema, their main task was to remove National Party posters placed outside police stations.

At the age of 14 Malema was elected as both chairperson of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) branch in Seshego and the regional chair in 1995. Two years later in 1997, he became the chair of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) for the Limpopo province. In 2001, he was elected as the national president of COSAS.Continue reading

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Yoweri Museveni - Uganda Politics News Headline

Yoweri Museveni (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) was born on 15 August 1944. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni became President of the Republic of Uganda on January 29, 1986 after leading a successful five-year liberation struggle. He went to the bush with 26 other young men and organised the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army (NRM/NRA) to oppose the tyranny that previous regimes had unleashed upon the population.

The push for Kampala started on January 17th from different parts of the central region. While General Salim Saleh was the field commander, Museveni was the overall commander. They captured power on 26th January, 1986.Continue reading

John Dramani Mahama - John Mahama - Ghana News in Politics Today Story

John Dramani Mahama (JM), as he is colloquially called, is a Christian, born on 29 November 1958, and raised a Presbyterian but now a member of Assemblies of God, living in a multi-faith family consisting of Christians and Muslims; he loves afrobeat music, is a passionate reader and a consummate writer, and has a vivid interest in farming, information and communication technology, and environmental issues.

His book, “My First Coup d’État and Other True Stories From the Lost Decades of Africa”, published in July 2012, has won international praise for describing a world of love, fear, faith, despair, loss, longing, and hope despite all else.Continue reading

Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo - DRC - Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo Politics Today

Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo was born in Kinshasa 13 June 1963. Nicknamed “Fatshi”, short for three of his names Felix Antoine Tshilombo. His father founded opposition UDPS in 1982. He left for Belgium in 1985. Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo is one of the main opposition candidates vying for votes in this month’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but Louise Dewast considers if he can escape his father’s shadow.

Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo father of five, mostly known for being the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, but he insists he is not trying to compete with his father’s reputation.Continue reading

Martin Fayulu - Martin Madidi Fayulu - Democratic Republic of Congo News

Martin Fayulu was born on 21 November 1956 in Kinshasa. A Christian by faith Known to his supporters as the “people’s soldier”. He ended 20-year career with Exxon Mobil in 2003. Martin Fayulu was elected MP in 2006 and 2011. He launched political party in 2009.

Despite becoming a full-time politician in 2006, and serving as an MP, he is mostly known as a businessman. Mr Fayulu’s involvement in politics started during the Sovereign National Conference in 1991 that brought together delegates from different regions, political parties, civil society organisations and traditional leaders to campaign for multi-party democracy.Continue reading

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary - DRC - Congo - Democratic Republic of the Congo Politics Today

Five months after the independence of the Belgian Congo. That is to say that on 29 November 1960, a baby born of the Marian union of fau BAKALI RAMAZANI and SIFA TABU more precisely in Kasongo. We are in Kilungay Groupement, Bangubangu Kabambare area. Territory of Kabambare. Province of Maniema. The couple Bakali and Sifa decide to give his baby the name of Emmanuel RAMAZANI SHADARY.

Already, to observe his reflexes and gestures immediately after his birth, a Midwife who attended Maman SIFA TABU exclaimed “He will be very awake and very intelligent”. The oracle of the Midwife was realized when at the end of his primary studies in 1974, he achieved 86.4% to obtain his certificate which serves as a visa to begin secondary school. Here again, Emmanuel SHADARY RAMAZANI confirms the prophecy of the Midwife of Kasongo by completing his pedagogical humanities with 73%. Continue reading

Shehu Usman Shagari, Shehu Shagari - Nigeria Politics Headlines Today

Shehu Shagari was born on April 25, 1925, in the northern state of Sokoto. His father, Magaji Aliyu, died when Shehu Shagari was 5 years old, and the future President was reared by his older brother, Muhammadu Bello.

Alhaji Shehu Shagari began his studies at the age of four, and later attended the School of Elimentary in Yabo near Shagari village, and then went to Middle School in Sokoto, and then went to Kaduna College.

Shehu Shagari was educated at Kaduna College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in science, and he subsequently went to Mecca, the Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia. A Sunni Moslem, he has made the trip several times since.Continue reading

Oby Ezekwesili , Obiageli Ezekwesili , Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili - Nigeria News in Politics

Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili, was born on 28 April 1963, Anambra State, Nigeria. Obiageli Ezekwesili, a Chartered Accountant and former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa overseeing more than 1,500 staff with responsibility for the delivery of projects, economic and sectoral work in 47 Sub-Saharan countries with a lending portfolio of nearly $40 billion.

She is a Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative at Open Society Foundation, advising nine reform-committed African heads of state on their economic development strategy, policies, and implementation. Before this, Ezekwesili who holds a Masters Degree in International Law & Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, a Masters Degree in Public Policy & Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nigeria, worked with Deloitte & Touche as an auditor, management, and financial services consultant. She then served as a founding Director of Transparency International (TI) and as its Director for Africa from 1994 to 1999. From 2000 to 2002, she worked with Professor Jeffrey Sachs as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy program, during which time she was also appointed as an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.Continue reading

Muhammadu Buhari - Nigeria News Today

Muhammadu Buhari was born on 17thDecember, 1942 in Daura, Katsina State to Adamu and Zulaiha Buhari. Muhammadu Buhari was raised by his mother, following the death of his father when he was about four years old. He had his primary school education in Daura and Maidua from 1948 to 1952, before proceeding to Katsina Middle School in 1953.

Subsequently, he attended the Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College, Katsina) from 1956–1961, where he earned his West African School Certificate. President Buhari was married to Safinatu Yusuf from 1971 to 1988, and since 1989 to Aisha Halilu. He is blessed with ten children.Continue reading

Emperor Haile Selassie, Haile Selassie I , Haile Selassie, Haile Selassie I - Ethiopia Politics Today News

Born in Ethiopia in 1892, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor in 1930 but exiled during World War II after leading the resistance to the Italian invasion. He was reinstated in 1941 and sought to modernize the country over the next few decades through social, economic and educational reforms. He ruled until 1974, when famine, unemployment and political opposition forced him from office.

Among his father’s important allies was his cousin, Emperor Menelik II, who did not have a male heir to succeed him. Tafari seemed like a possible candidate when, following his father’s death in 1906, he was taken under the wing of Menelik.

In 1913, however, after the passing of Menelik II, it was the emperor’s grandson, Lij Yasu, not Tafari, who was appointed as emperor. But Yasu, who maintained a close association with Islam, never gained favor with Ethiopia’s majority Christian population. As a result Tafari became the face of the opposition, and in 1916 he took power from Lij Yasu and imprisoned him for life. The following year Menelik II’s daughter, Zauditu, became empress, and Tafari was named regent and heir apparent to the throne.Continue reading

Omoyele Sowore - Headline Nigeria Politics Today

Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian who graduated from University of Lagos and was President of the Students Union Government while he was there. He quickly became a model of leadership that reverberated across the University campuses in Nigeria at the time. The Nigerian students of that era will bear testimony to his rare breed since the age of 21 years old. He saw into the future and continues to prepare himself for the role of emancipator of Africa into the modern digital world.

He was born on February 16, 1971 in Nigeria. Throughout his adult life till present, he has consistently supported social justice and fairness for all. Even in the most difficult circumstances that include threat to his life and his family, Sowore never relented and testimonies abound of his doggedness.Continue reading

John Joseph Magufuli - John Magufuli - Tanzania Politics News

John Joseph Magufuli was born on October 29, 1959 in the Chato Region of Kagera, which is currently located in the Geita Region. The son of a peasant farmer, John Pombe Magufuli won the election to become Tanzania’s next president on his 56th birthday, so it is the perfect gift for him. He was never part of the inner-circle of the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, so it came as a surprise to his critics that he secured its candidature for the presidency.

His nomination angered CCM stalwart and ex-Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, who crossed to the opposition to challenge Mr Magufuli for the presidency. With the backing of the formidable CCM machinery, Mr Magufuli won the 29 October poll with 58% of the votes to Mr Lowassa’s 40% in a fiercely contested election. Continue reading

Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru - Nigeria Politics News Headline Today

Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru (born April 10, 1958) in Port Harcourt to a father whose hometown was Abraka and a mother from Umukwata. Ovedje Ogboru, a Nigerian businessman and politician, was the gubernatorial aspirant for Alliance of Democracy, Democratic Peoples’ Party and Labour Party in the 2003, 2007 and 2015 Delta State governorship elections.

Chief Ovedje Ogboru received early education at Municipal Primary School, Port Harcourt but left the city to continue studies at a primary school in Abraka, and finished primary education at Oharisi Primary School, Ughelli.

Often called The Peoples General by his political followers for the persistent political struggles he leads in civilized manners on their behalf, Great Ogboru comes across to so many as a political icon. He was born on the 10th day of April, 1958 in Port Harcourt into the famous Ogboru Dynasty of Abraka in Delta Central and the Okolocha family of Umukuata in Delta North. A Christian, he is married to Stella Ebi Ogboru, an Ijaw from Bayelsa State. They have four children. Amongst numerous others, he holds the traditional chieftaincy titles of The Omamuyovwi (The Good Head) of Ughelli Kingdom and also The Omamuyovwi of Abraka Kingdom.Continue reading

Shamila Batohi - South Africa

Shamila Batohi started her public service as a junior prosecutor in the Chatsworth magistrate’s court in 1986 and steadily rose through the ranks to become the Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal. She was seconded to the Investigation Task Unit established by President Nelson Mandela in 1995 and later served as the first regional head of the Directorate of Special Operations based in KwaZulu-Natal. For much of the last decade, she has served as a Senior Legal Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

In 1995, Shamila Batohi was appointed by former president Nelson Mandela to be part of the multi-disciplinary team mandated to investigate hit squad activities within the police service during apartheid.Continue reading

Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola - Nigeria Politics Headline News Today

Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola was born in Iragbiji in Boripe LGA of Osun State on 29 September 1954. Oyetola, a man of many parts with vast experience in politics, finance management, business and public administration, has deep conviction and a religious devout who has progressed in his endeavours by the grace of God, dint of hard work and uncompromising stand on integrity.

He has been described by many within and outside the government circle as a major pillar behind The Ogbeni Aregbesola administration. For his cool and calm demeanour and the wisdom with which he has handled staff relations both the political and civil servants, other sensitive matters of the state.Continue reading